2016



Happy New Year everyone! I am very happy to start out the new year with a clear head and clean house!! We had a very low key new years with my nieces who flew in from Texas and I was very happy about that! The next day we took our tree and all our Christmas decorations down which felt really good. Our home is now a little more bare but feels nice and fresh. (And I have room for some more ‘normal’ decor…I’m coming for you Home Goods!)

This year Andrew really wanted us to write down some of our goals for the new year and share them with each other. This way we can help each other complete them throughout the year. So I wanted to share mine with you and let you know why I chose the things I did. Okay here they are:
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Daily Devotions: I’m the type of person who will go to church on Sunday’s, but that tends to be my only day of worship. I pray at night but I’m really not good about improving and maintaining my relationship with the Lord once I walk out of the service. So I want to make it a point this year to spend time each morning learning more by reading in my Bible and grow a deeper relationship with the Lord. I want my walk to not just be on Sunday mornings but a daily practice. I bought a really neat devotional at Barnes and Noble yesterday and just started it this morning. It’s great because it gives you a little message every day for the whole year. If you guys are interested in it you can find it HERE.

Run: As far as working out goes I like to do weight training, yoga (I also want to join a yoga class this month), and I’ll go on the elliptical a few times a week. But I am not a fan of running. So I want to force myself to get outside and run once a week. It sounds super easy but it’s cold outside! I think if I can just put my workout clothes on and get outside, the hard part it over. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up liking it in a few months.

Tidy Up: If the space around me is cluttered, then my mind is cluttered and I get nothing done. I also hate waking up to a kitchen with plates still out and a living room with cups from the night before still laying around. So I am going to take just 10-15 minutes a night to make sure things are picked up. Make sure the dishes are done, things are put away and wiped down. I know I’ll sleep more peacefully and wake up in a much better mood.

Collaborate: I’ve been doing YouTube for about four years now. Two of them being full time. And after a while in any job you can become stuck in your own ways and unwilling to change. I want to make it a habit to reach out to other YouTubers that I admire and am inspired by. I think this will help me grow as a person and step out of my comfort zone.

Read: Ahhh reading. I’m the slowest reader. EVER. I start a book and who knows when I’ll finish it. Unless it’s really really good. I finished Gone Girl super quick but some other books I’ll start and then never finish. I want to start getting to bed a little earlier each night and just read. I’m on the computer so much that I know this will help to unwind me at night and just feel better. There is something very satisfying about reading a book. (finishing it helps too!) I’m currently reading The Happiness Project and so far I really like it.

Leave the Office: So I work from home, which makes it very hard to separate work from home. This year I want to treat it more like a 9-5 job. I know that sounds weird so I’ll explain. Some days I’ll wake up and head straight to my office to respond to emails and get some things done that may not have gotten done the day before. But I will still be in my pajamas, face not washed, teeth not brushed. Before I know it, it’s 10:00 and I’m still a slob. So I want to wake up, have my breakfast in the kitchen, not in front of the computer, and get ready for the day. The other thing I need to do is check out once 7:00 hits. I can tend to work late to either get ahead or just because I feel like it, but then what happens is I stress myself out for nothing. I need to be done for the day and spend the rest of the night with my husband, making dinner and getting other household things done.

Learn Calligraphy: I think this has been on my resolution list for three years and no, I still don’t know calligraphy. I really want to challenge myself to learn something new. I also would love to address our Christmas cards this year myself!

Be Positive: It is very easy to speak poorly about someone and pick out their flaws yet it is harder to compliment people. Why is that? I think we become selfish and like to make ourselves feel better by pointing out others’ shortcomings. I want to work very hard this year on saying no to bitterness, negativity and gossip. When you invest your time with negative thoughts you will become unhappy. But on the flip side, raising people up and having a positive outlook will do a lot more good. I hope to make this year the year of optimism. I tend to look at the negatives before I look at the positives, so I want to really try to change that.

Here’s to another year with new opportunities and fresh starts!


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  • Heaven yang

    I love all of your goals! Thanks for sharing them! It’s definitely inspired me to post my own goals for the new year.

  • Jessica Kalani Zayas

    I love your goals Kendra! Especially tidying-up before bed. It definitely makes waking up to a clean kitchen/tidy house an inspiration to keep it that way.
    I’ve also been wanting to start a daily devotional as well, so I will check out the one you linked. 🙂

  • Brooke Johnson

    I have been wanting to read the happiness project for awhile. I think I’ll see if they have it at the library. Great goals for the year. Thanks for the inspiration.